Thursday, 11 February 2010

New Frontiers

The divine Melissa Sterry of Societas fame just sent me some info on her and Matt Prescott's new sustainable design project. It looks like a cracker to me. Do check it out...


Led from Manchester NEW FRONTIERS is a new initiative to stimulate and support the rapid development of exciting and truly sustainable design ideas, from architecture to urban design to materials engineering.

The brainchild of futurologist and design scientist Melissa Sterry and developed in partnership environmental scientist Matt Prescott, NEW FRONTIERS is working with partner organisations, including leading universities, professional bodies, NGOs, government agencies and pioneering global brands to help evolve and embed a strong understanding of sustainability issues; form new collaborations and networks; and promote the best ideas and innovations. Through these new partnerships, NEW FRONTIERS will provide the highest quality seminars, academic programmes, networks, information and resources.

NEW FRONTIERS is designed to catalyse action through interdisciplinary knowledge sharing, capacity building and public discourse. It is designed as a programme comprising seminars, scholarships, a participative digital platform and other planned elements, culminating in a prestigious biennial national prize.

Judged by leading experts, the NEW FRONTIERS Prize will support new economic goals, raise the profile of many crucial disciplines and ensure the progress of ideas and projects of true quality and value.

Zac Goldsmith, Professor Lorna Walker, Michael Pawlyn, Dr. Rachel Armstrong, Professor Neil Spiller, Lynda Relph-Knight, Dr. Tim Fox, Professor Rachel Cooper, Professor Erik Bichard, Dr. Beth Perry, Dr. Richard Miller, Leonora Oppenheim, John Thackara, Dr. Tuba Kocaturk, Mike Reardon, Dr. Vicky Lofthouse, Dr. Mike Pitts, Angharad Thomas, Matt Prescott, Dr. Angela Lee, Melissa Sterry, Sophie Thomas.

University of Salford – primary academic partner, Royal Society of Chemistry, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, University of Manchester, Loughborough University, Chemistry Innovation, Centre for Construction Innovation, Centre for the Built and Urban Environment, Eco Connect, Mickey & Mallory, CURB 100% natural media, Societ├ís, What Women Make.

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